Hike to Seven Falls



8.25 miles

Elevation Gain

917 ft

Route Type


Added by Danny McGee

The search for an oasis in the middle of the desert led us through Bear Canyon in the Coronado National Forest near Tucson, AZ. The Seven Falls trail winds up through 2 1/2 miles of the most beautiful landscape Tucson has to offer, and leads to a surreal set of waterfalls that cascade into large pools.

At the main parking lot of Sabino Canyon, there are a few different trams you can take to nearby trailheads. You have the option to either hop on a tram that will take you to the 7 Falls trailhead for $4 a person, or walk the 2 miles yourself. Once at the trailhead, signs will lead you into Bear Canyon and eventually to 7 Falls. The towering walls on each side provide shade in certain times of the day. We visited in early January, and there was a small stream (That is there for most of the year) that the trail flanks for most of the hike. There are several river crossings along the way which are very easily traversed with a little hop, skip and a jump. The trail ascends through forests of saguaros, sycamore, and cottonwood trees as teddy bear cactus, buckhorn cholla, and barrel cactus line the path. The trail is 2 1/2 miles one way. As you near the waterfalls the trail turns to switchbacks, before the falls finally reveal themselves around a bend in the canyon. You are rewarded with a stunning view. Water cascades down the granite cliffs into clear pools that you can relax around, and swim or wade into. The hike takes about 3 hours round trip and it is recommended to bring at least 1 quart of water per person.

Dogs are not allowed. 

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awesome oasis in the desert

this cascade doesn't seem possible to exist in the desert, but thanks to the limestone springs in the area it is usually wet even in summer.

Beautiful Desert Waterfalls

The waterfalls are worth the hike. They are quite impressive for being in a dry desert landscape. There are often people laying out on the rocks or playing in the pools. This trail is best hiked in the spring months

Worth it

This was well worth the entrance fee - I had clear weather in April and an almost deserted trail on a Tuesday. Watch for rattlesnakes in this area and bring plenty of water!

Help Me Find 7 Falls :)

I went looking for these falls but couldn't find them, ended up up the hill at Soldier Trail ..Went to the top which i think showed me the water flow of the 7 falls only... i'm gonna make it my goal to go here within the next 12 months as I camp and hike all over with and w/o my Jayco Pop Up..! Right now i'm mostly doing sedona and Forest Lakes Area.. if you have the coordinates for the falls let me know

Can Anyone Help Me ?

Hi I'm looking to hike this in the beginning of march and was wondering if anyone thinks the swimming will be good then ? Any information would be awesome!

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